Weekly Picks

March 14, 2011 § Leave a comment

Welcome to this last week’s picks!

Instead of the usual chronological order, let’s try something different.

For the 100th international women’s day Images de Mathématiques did a fascinating bit of time travel with Michele Vergne (almost too much for an automated translation) and scientopia’s guest blogger The Renaissance Mathematicus reminds us of the struggle of Christine Ladd-Franklin at John Hopkins.

Regarding mathematical practices, Nuit Blanche ranted wrote about our self-archiving rights, Punk Rock OR mused about sharing code, Goedel’s Lost Letter and P=NP offered hilarious stories about TeX and QED Insight wrote about nature “obeying” our laws.

The most votes at the Spanish carnival 2.1 at Tito Eliatron Dixit were given to a post at El Busto de Pala on mathematics education in Germany under Nazi rule (translation). If your French is good, you’ll probably enjoy this piece at Images de Mathématiques about the usefulness of mathematics (an automated translation seems lacking). But then again, maybe you’ll prefer Built on Facts advice for aliens on how to conquer earth using rocks.

Looking at education, Math-Frolic! reminded us of a TED talk by Salman Khan and Mathematics and Multimedia continues its series of GeoGebra tutorials.

On a more research related note, Terry Tao wrote about the late Yahya Ould Hamidoune’s variant of the Freiman-Kneser theorem, at the n-Category Cafe you read about homotopy type theory and Almost Sure announced a new series of posts on semimartingales. Oh, and don’t forget to read James Colliander’s post on the funding situation in Canada.

A couple of shout-outs: Mathematics and Multimedia moved to its own domain, Math Jokes 4 Mathy Folks is celebrating its first anniversary (congrats!), everyone’s favorite massive multiplayer mathematics, Polymath, is in the IAS newsletter, at the n-category cafe John Baez tells everyone to hire his student.

What a week.

Coda. The earthquake off the coast of Japan is a great catastrophe and it is too early to find anything absolutely reliable about the incidents at the nuclear power plants. Nevertheless, we would like to point you to an on-going series of frequent posts at Nuit Blanche.

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